A boss of the Big Money Bosses (BMB), a violent Bronx street gang, was sentenced on Monday to over 12 years in prison on racketeering charges. 25-year-old Nico “Zico Nico” Burrell played a leadership role in the violent BMB street gang, and himself participated in the gang’s violence and drug dealing, prosecutors said.
“This violence included a shooting in February 2009 in which Burrell shot a rival gang member and an innocent bystander. In addition, Burrell was responsible for BMB’s extensive distribution of oxycodone,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.
BMB is a subset of the Young Bosses (YB) street gang, which operates throughout New York City. Between 2007 and 2016, members and associates of BMB committed numerous acts of violence against rival gang members in the Bronx - including murders, attempted murders, and armed robberies - and sold crack cocaine, marijuana, and oxycodone.
On February 11, 2009, Burrell attempted to murder a rival gang member by shooting him in the back. One of his bullets also struck a woman waiting at a bus stop. Both victims survived. Burrell was also responsible for the distribution of significant quantities of oxycodone by BMB.
Burrell was arrested in this case as a result of a multi-year investigation by the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the New York City Police Department’s Bronx Gang Squad (the “Bronx Gang Squad”), the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Violent Gang Unit (“HSI”), and the Joint Firearms Task Force of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) into gang violence in the Northern Bronx.
On April 27, 2016, 63 members and associates of BMB were charged with racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, narcotics distribution, and firearms charges. One defendant remains in the case, scheduled for trial in May 2018.
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